Allee Willis, composer of 'I'll be there for you', the song that plays in the initial credit titles in the series 'Friends', died on December 24, as announced by his partner Prudence Fenton in his personal Instagram account. Death occurred, as Variety reported, because of a heart failure.
"Rest in Boogie Wonderland. Nov 10, 1947-December 24, 2019", said the publication of Fenton, referring to the theme of the same name that Willis composed for the band Earth, Wind & Fire. At the same time, a brief statement was published in the personal account of the composer:" We are in shock and completely desolate to share this news. "
In addition to the main song of the mythical sitcom, performed by The Rembrandts and for which it was Emmy nominated in 1985, Willis won a Grammy for his work on the Superdertective soundtrack in Hollywood, and was nominated for another by the Broadway musical Purple.
Graduated in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Willis began her career as a composer in 1972, Bonnie Raitt being the first artist to interpret one of his songs. Willis has composed songs like September for Earth, Wind & Fire, Neutron Dance for Pointer Sisters or You're the Best, the theme of Karate Kid.
In addition to music, Willis has dedicated himself to other sectors within the art world, standing out as a digital artist and icon of pop and kitsch culture. The composer was also an activist for the rights of artists on the Internet.